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The Vindico Hardcover – June 14, 2012
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"King brilliantly combines teenage points of view and emotions with comic book excitement in this superbly composed tale of superheroes and super villains. Readers get to know each of the five teens through their distinctive voices and personalities and can easily follow their motivations as they struggle to make the impossible decision of how to use their newfound powers. There is nonstop action as the teens learn how to use their powers with and against their villain mentors that will keep readers engaged and excited throughout the book. This is an excellent addition to any library serving teens, as it will appeal to reluctant readers with its fast-paced action, and almost all teen readers will love the comic book feel of this book."
FROM SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL:
"[King's] teens are vivid, funny, and relatable, but their growth never comes at the expense of story or plot development. Add in descriptions of cool weaponry and superpowers, a healthy dose of clever one-liners and snappy dialogue, and plenty of chases and explosions, and you’ve got all the ingredients for a hit series that teens will love. King is definitely an author to watch."
"Here’s a debut that will knock middle-grade superhero fans on their butts. In a fresh twist, five ordinary teens are recruited to learn superhuman powers—by the villains . . . By minimizing the numbing action scenes so common to this sort of book and focusing instead upon the interplay of the witty, appealing kids, King deepens the reader’s experience by turning each character—yes, even the Torturer!—into more than the typical black-and-white placeholder . . . kids are going to gobble this up."
FROM HORN BOOK:
"With the Vindico characters’ backstories, King grays the line between good and evil even further . . . he never loses his knack for humorous—and teen-friendly—dialogue, e.g., “If you turn a bunch of kids into supervillains, you can’t expect them to follow the rules.”"
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James was recently dumped by his girlfriend who had been cheating on him with his best friend. Hayden has been living on his own, abandoned by his family. Lana's father has been lying to their family. Emily is already a genius hacker who only has her grandfather to rely upon. And Sam seems to be from a stable, loving home, but the Vindico even put doubts in his mind about how much they really miss him. The Vindico do a great job of breaking the teens down and making them question their home lives. But these teens, while not always making the wisest decisions, have good hearts and loyal natures.
Super hero and comic book fans of all ages should enjoy this fast-paced, action-packed adventure. The villains and heroes are not always black and white. And it's not always obvious what the right path should be. This coming-of-age tale is full of teen angst, humor, and suspense. The Vindico is a fantastic young adult debut told from various character point-of-views, giving more depth to the characters and unique perspectives. This incredibly fun story was impossible to put down. It's a wholly standalone novel, but would make for an exciting series.
Mixed into this story about Superheroes and Villains, are 5 proteges who were all kidnapped and in a round about way forced to join the world's greatest villains, The Vindico. Each of these kids are just your average teens, and yet there's something about each one of them that will help them grow into these amazing kids with superpowers. You know the kind of power you wish you had, like jedi mind trick powers, super strength, speed and more. As much as I loved getting to read about and understand the back story on how some of the villains came to be and their ties to the League of Hereos, I enjoyed getting to know about the 5 proteges more.
Wes's writing is fabulous, as he tells the story from all angles, and introduces each character into the story in a very distinct way, making it very easy to follow along with.Read more ›
Emily is a wise computer hacker who can eventuallt become a master weaponist. Lana is not your typical pretty girl blonde. ( No Offense) Sam is a mama's boy who wants to be a superhero. Hayden is a high school dropout abandoned by his family.James is a boy who recently endured a breajup.
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It was a good, fun, experience. Grayson says it is carp. blah blah blah blah blah plot blah blah good blah.Published 6 months ago by KitKat
It is a really good book for teens! I love it so much I can't wait to read the second!Published 22 months ago by Codymarrott 1234
Gifted children attend a school where they are taught to control their powers so they may fight a great evil. This description can be used to describe many YA novels. Read morePublished on June 17, 2014 by Rocco Octavius
I read this book and the sequel. I love the characters so much and wish he would make a third. AMAZING BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Published on April 18, 2014 by Drew Snowden
I wanted to love this book. The premise was very cool. But I was only slightly amused. It lost me mid way through and never got me back. Read morePublished on April 2, 2014 by Eric
great book... lots of action and its very fast-paced. I ordered a few other books at the same time as I ordered this, and this was the very first to arrive... Read morePublished on September 26, 2013 by M. Mack
received in excellent condition without damage. required reading for school book club. great buy! excellent price. good read for pre-teens.Published on March 14, 2013 by DirtyFaceDoll
The plot was great and I loved the humor and the action.The ending was great.This book is now my favorites.Published on February 13, 2013 by guysupnorth